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Top Chef - New Orleans - season thread (spoilers)

Discussion in 'Now Playing - TV Show Talk' started by Agatha Mystery, Oct 7, 2013.

  1. Dec 9, 2013 #61 of 157

    secondclaw Member

    Oct 3, 2004
    I like that the executive chef of each team is a volunteer this time, instead of a winner of previous competition. At least they have the choice to risk it all, pretty much understanding what the consequences are.
  2. Dec 14, 2013 #62 of 157
    Agatha Mystery

    Agatha Mystery Well-Known Member

    Feb 12, 2002
    BFE, So....
    Okay, so biscuits and gravy? And he screwed up the biscuits? How simple a dish is that? That must have been some damned good gravy and jam. I expected them to slam him for it.
  3. Dec 14, 2013 #63 of 157
    Big Deficit

    Big Deficit Happy now?

    Jul 7, 2003
    Baking is simple, so it's extremely hard to get it just right. As for biscuits and gravy? I've had (and made) my fair share over the years and only a couple have really shined (not mine). I wonder if he bracketed his baking times? What did he need, 12 biscuits per batch? Make 3 batches (or more) and bake one under, over and just right. That would seem prudent when using an unfamiliar oven.

    He was never going all the way in this competition. He seemed a bit young and inexperienced compared with some of the other chefs. He shined in restaurant wars and probably got all he could out of the show. I doubt he's too disappointed, his salary and/or investment potential went way up.
  4. Dec 14, 2013 #64 of 157

    TheDewAddict tciddAweDehT

    Aug 21, 2002
    One of the judges said something like "I'm suprised he served those biscuits to us." Now, I get the critique when a chef screws something up and still serves, it, especially when the screwed up item is a side part of the dish. However, his whole dish was biscuits and gravy. What should he have done, just give them a bowl of gravy and jam?

    I also didn't think it was fair to critique the guy who did the streak for not grilling it when the restaurant had no grill. I would think the chefs should be given a list ahead of time that lists the equipment available at the restaurant. If they get it, and he still choose to do "grilled" steak, then send him home, but if he had no idea the restaurant wouldn't have a grill, it's not really his fault.
  5. Dec 14, 2013 #65 of 157
    Agatha Mystery

    Agatha Mystery Well-Known Member

    Feb 12, 2002
    BFE, So....
    Dew, I agree. Steak dude wasn't going to go home because of the missing grill. I really think that their commentary had more to do with the choice of meat than the lack of grill. There was obviously some flavor loss, but I think they were willing to forgive that. It's just that those flavors didn't go well with NY strip, rather than some other fattier meat (or a different animal).

    They only had an hour when they were there. The biscuit gravy dude made the gravy the day before (and the jam, I assume). So, aside from heating the gravy (unless he started from scratch and made a new batch), why didn't he have time to make a second batch? I guess his biscuits take too long to cook. He should have planned for them to come out a little earlier and then kept them warm.
  6. Dec 14, 2013 #66 of 157

    sharkster Well-Known Member

    Jul 3, 2004
    Aw darn! This episode I decided to really pay attention and try to find somebody I like in this season. I picked the tall blonde kid and he gets the kibosh. :( Well, I cannot say that he didn't deserve it, though. How can you be a chef and screw up biscuits?
  7. Dec 16, 2013 #67 of 157
    Mr. Soze

    Mr. Soze Back by popular demand

    Nov 1, 2002
    Up North
    I think it's between Nicholas, Nina and maybe Stephanie. I'd bet on Nicholas if he can hold his emotions together.
  8. Dec 17, 2013 #68 of 157

    Craigbob Active Member

    Dec 1, 2006
    Land of...
    I think Nicholas, Nina and Shirley in the final.

    I agree that Brian wasn't going to go home for his missing a grill. All of the comments were about how it needed that smoky charcoaly flavor that can only be gotten over real fire.
  9. Dec 17, 2013 #69 of 157

    TonyTheTiger Pro Troll Magnet

    Dec 22, 2006
    I haven't liked Travis for some time, so I was not sorry to see him go.

    Also, he tried to lie, which never goes down well (in the kitchen, she said he'd used too much butter and in front of the judges he said the kitchen was too hot!). Either way, it seemed way too simplistic a dish to present as fine dining and if you can't cook something as basic as biscuits, then there's no way you get a pass!
  10. Dec 17, 2013 #70 of 157

    pmyers Well-Known Member

    Jan 4, 2001
    Gilbert, AZ
    Don't serve biscuits and gravy.......duh
  11. Dec 17, 2013 #71 of 157
    David Platt

    David Platt !Texas TCF Club

    Dec 13, 2001
    Portland, OR
    I'd have to go back and verify to be sure, but I think in the kitchen he said there were problems with the butter, and later with the judges he said the kitchen was too hot. Since butter needs to be cold when making biscuits, he might have been talking about the same thing, just from different perspectives. Not that I want to defend the guy, because I hated him too. ;)
  12. Jan 9, 2014 #72 of 157
    cherry ghost

    cherry ghost Well-Known Member

    Sep 13, 2005
    That was interesting. Not sure what I'd do in Nicholas' position, but I would have liked to see him resign since I'm growing a little tired of him. Pulling for Shirley at this point.
  13. Jan 9, 2014 #73 of 157

    TAsunder Debates Ghee vs Gi

    Aug 6, 2003
    Madison, WI
    I think it was a manufactured dilemma. They could have easily decided to choose the other team because the second/third worst were on their team.
  14. Jan 9, 2014 #74 of 157

    Neenahboy Statistical outlier TCF Club

    Apr 7, 2004
    Arlington, VA
    There went Stephanie and Shirley with more of their holier-than-thou crap. "If I had the worst dish with immunity, I would give it up." *cough*BS*cough*
  15. Jan 10, 2014 #75 of 157

    TonyTheTiger Pro Troll Magnet

    Dec 22, 2006
    I think the judges should have asked Nick if he would have made the same dish if he didn't have immunity. If the answer is yes, which it is almost certain to be, given his pride, THEN he should have had the opportunity to fall on his sword.
  16. Jan 10, 2014 #76 of 157

    NatasNJ Bone marrow lover!

    Jan 7, 2002
    Total BS. Not once did the judges suggest that someone with immunity should resign before and to put Nick on the spot was totally unfair. It is a game. The rules gave him immunity. Everyone DEAL WITH IT. Don't ask him to give that up because he made a bad dish when his dish could have been a steaming log of crap.

    So stupid. And those girls suggesting they would give up their immunity and walk away from 100k prize, etc? LYING SKANKS!
  17. Jan 10, 2014 #77 of 157

    goblue97 Welcome Home, Jimmy!

    May 12, 2005
    I have a question/comment. I believe it was early in the Season 1, maybe even the very first episode, where one of the contestants stuck their finger in a pot to taste it. The guest chef went ballistic on the contestant and I'm pretty sure that he/she was sent home. Lately, I see the contestants do this all the time. Not to mention how many times they use a spoon and go back a second time with the same spoon. Is this okay now or am I missing something?
  18. Jan 10, 2014 #78 of 157

    jradosh Newlywed

    Jul 31, 2001
    I agree that this is a game and there's no way they should have expected him to resign. It's not "honors society Top Chef". In fact, strategically, it would have been in his best interest to cook crap knowing there's a good chance a top competitor could have gotten the boot. Of course that kind of thing can come back to bite you in the ass...

    But I sure am tired of his attitude and would be happy to see him go home next week.
  19. Jan 10, 2014 #79 of 157
    Mr. Soze

    Mr. Soze Back by popular demand

    Nov 1, 2002
    Up North
    I'd like to think that in Nick's position I would say "My dishes sucked, and I'll fall on my sword. I'll kick everyone's ass in LCK and still win". In reality, I'd say I had immunity and TS if you don't like it.
  20. Jan 10, 2014 #80 of 157

    TAsunder Debates Ghee vs Gi

    Aug 6, 2003
    Madison, WI
    They usually use a new spoon. I haven't seen blatantly obvious finger tasting or re-use of spoons, but it might be getting edited out.

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